Val Monastero is about 25 km long and starts in Tubre in Val Monastero | Val Venosta | South Tyrol and reaches over the borders into Switzerland, where it is called Val Müstair. Our village Tubre in Val Monastero is located on the South Tyrolean side in Val Venosta, yet very close to the Swiss border. Our excursion tips across the border:
- Cultural highlight of Val Müstair and UNESCO World Nature Heritage Site is the Benedictine Convent in St. Johann. The Medieval convent church dating back to 775 with the biggest fresco cycle worldwide dating back to 800 in the early Middle Ages is a jewel of fine arts during Carolingian times. Amongst others, the picture sequence shows the beheading of John the Baptist. The convent served as a base for the emperor and to control the crossing transport routes. Travellers used it as a hospice, it was the administrative centre of the bishop, and finally it served as a mass place. First, the foundation was simply called Monastery Convent, which leads to the Roman name Müstair. Originally a men's convent, since the 12th century it has been a Benedictine convent.
- The quiet alpine village Valchava at 1,440 m of altitude fascinates with a baroque church tower dating from the 15th century. We also highly recommend the "Chasa Jaura" valley museum, one of the most beautiful buildings in Val Müstair. Thanks to the original furniture which has been preserved in the carefully restored rooms, you get an insight into the former life of farmers and handcrafts of the population of Val Müstair.
- Sta. Maria is the main village of Val Müstair with about 350 inhabitants. The Mall Mill dating back to the 17th century was named after the last miller who was still active until shortly after World War II. The mill is the symbol of the village. Of rare beauty are the two unshrouded undershot wheels, the water power of the three-hammer rammer, and the milling stage.
- Museum 14/18 in Tschierv: During World War I soldiers from three different armies faced each other at Stelvio and Umbrail pass, and their traces are still visible today. Visitors receive associated background information in the exhibition.
- Train adventures: with the Bernina Express from glaciers to palm trees... panoramic journey with the Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world... and a ride on a steam train.
- Finally you should also visit the popular towns St. Moritz and Davos... definitely worth it!